JMRL’s Tier 3 services and updated hours

As JMRL continues to work with local health authorities and provide important services to the community, the Library has announced its plans to move into Tier 3 limited in-branch appointment services for some branches and to extend curbside services at other locations.

Library Director, David Plunkett, said the changes to each branch reflect careful consideration of current COVID-19 data, consultation with local government partners, and also the needs of the individual communities.

“JMRL has worked hard to be able to re-open some doors, and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Greene, Louisa, and Nelson inside library buildings again. The Library knows that the people in these communities need access to the resources in their local libraries, and are glad to be able to offer these again on a limited and safe basis,” Plunkett said.

Tier 3 services will include limited in-person appointment services for up to 45 minutes for five individuals at a time. Appointments will be offered at the Greene, Louisa, and Nelson branches starting Monday, September 21.

It’s important to note that curbside and appointment services will not always both be available at the same time and patrons should contact their local branch with any questions.

Tier 3 branch information:

Louisa County Library:
Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Both appointment and curbside services available during open hours, except Saturdays, which will be curbside only.

Greene County Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: appointment service only. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: curbside pickup only.

Nelson Memorial Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Appointment and curbside services available during open hours, except Friday, which will be curbside only.

To make an in-person appointment at the Louisa, Greene or Nelson branches, please call:

Louisa County Library: 540.894.5853
Greene County Library: 434.985.5227
Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904

Northside Library and Crozet Library will be adding additional Tier 4 curbside and drive-through service hours beginning Monday, September 28.

Updated hours information:

Northside Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-7pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm

Crozet Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday, 10am-4pm
Wednesday, 10am-7pm
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Central Library, Gordon Avenue Library and Scottsville Library have no changes currently scheduled to their opening hours and will continue to offer Tier 4 curbside services.

For more information about JMRL’s COVID-19 Response, visit jmrl.org.

JMRL partnering with VDH for reusable mask distribution

Starting Tuesday, June 16, JMRL will partner with the Virginia Department of Health to serve as a reusable mask distribution center.

Patrons will be able to receive free masks during JMRL’s curbside services, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am-2pm, at all branch locations.

“Wearing a cloth face covering is an important way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Rebecca Schmidt, Population Health Manager for the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD).”

“TJHD is dedicated to making sure that everyone in the community has access to masks and we are excited to partner with JMRL to make masks available at local libraries,” she said.

David Plunkett, JMRL’s Library Director, said the partnership will help the Library’s efforts to keep their staff and the community safe during curbside services.

“TJHD has really gone above and beyond to provide access to personal protective gear and other resources in the fight against COVID-19 for the people of Central Virginia,” Plunkett said.

“JMRL is glad to be able to partner with the Health Department in this endeavor to help keep our communities healthy.”

For more information about JMRL’s curbside services, visit www.jmrl.org.

Nelson Memorial Library to launch curbside services

Following months of closure due to ongoing construction and COVID-19, the Nelson Memorial Library is ready to offer curbside services starting Tuesday, June 16.

Curbside services will be provided using the same schedule as the other JMRL branches, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Library Director David Plunkett said both staff and patrons are excited for this next step.

“While the renovated building is not quite ready for public use yet, the Nelson Memorial Library is thrilled that construction is at a point that curbside service for library materials will be available starting June 16th,” Plunkett said.

“Patrons have been patiently waiting to be able to get their books, and the Nelson Memorial Library can’t wait to be able to provide that service!”

Patrons are still able to place holds on JMRL’s website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal (three weeks from checkout).

There may be delays in holds due to the 72-hour quarantining of materials and limited delivery.

If patrons no longer want their holds, they should cancel them by going online or calling their branch.

Patrons should continue to follow social distancing guidelines while participating in the curbside pickups, including no contact and no access to the library buildings.

For specific information about curbside services at Nelson Memorial Library, please visit https://www.jmrl.org/br-nelson.htm

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